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Every morning, James Minton wakes up to care for nearly 200 chickens on his farm in Windsor. He also watches over two dogs, named after Star Trek characters, a cow named Maribel, and nine great-grandchildren.

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As the summer growing season develops here in Western New York, Erie County hopes shoppers will look for a new logo, ERIE GROWN, on fresh produce, whether in stores or at neighborhood farmers markets.

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Local farmers and others in the agriculture sector may soon have a new regional hub to help to grow their businesses. 


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In the Southtowns' Eden Valley, the first signs of spring are plastic sheeting and small plastic caps in the fields and the shades of green visible through greenhouse walls. Farming may be an inherently risky business, but last week's snow shows that's always true in a year of unknowns.


Cornell Farmworker Program, Community and Regional Development Institute

A new farm labor bill has been introduced in Congress that has bi-partisan support and includes two changes some say will help New York farms.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a farmworkers' rights bill into law Wednesday that will, for the first time, give the workers benefits that other employees get, including time off and overtime pay.

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A mid-level appeals court has declared that farmworkers have the same right to unionize as all other workers in New York State.

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Farm owners on Thursday warned New York State lawmakers that legislation that would give workers the right to organize to demand better wages and conditions could devastate New York’s agricultural economy.

A Lockport man has pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking.

There was plenty of criticism from Southern Tier residents Monday night during an informational meeting about a planned wind turbine project for the towns of Arcade, Centerville, Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford.

Mike Desmond WBFO News

Weather in Western New York is becoming steadily nicer. Flowers begin to bloom, lawns get cut and produce from farmers markets are readily bought. The City of Tonawanda cut the ribbon its new Farmers Market Sunday.

Elizabeth Miller

The New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobbying and trade organization has released its annual list of budget priorities.

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New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

Dozens of Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.

The vote was 87-11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

NPR's Geoff Bennett reports for our Newscast unit:

Labor anxiety brings challenges to family farms

Apr 12, 2017

Spring is here and fruit farmers throughout Western New York are preparing for crops of everything from apples to Japanese plums. With the new season come job opportunities and new challenges for farmers. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman takes a closer look.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York State's Agriculture Department is moving forward with an initiative that aims to increase consumer confidence in foods grown within the Empire State. The program officially recruited its first local supermarket partner on Wednesday.


Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY

Consider it Christmas in July for a special breed of tree growers.